Question about 2002 Ford Ranger Regular Cab
I have a 2002 Ford Ranger Reg. Cab, 2 wheel drive automatic. I am hearing noise from the rear end when accelerating around curves. Kind roaring or growling noise with a little vibration from 40 to 80 miles per hour. Firstone wants to replace everything in the rear end.
Can anyone help me determine what really needs to be fixed.
I had the same problem. Initially I would hear the noise @ 65 and higher when I would go around a curve. Of cource Firstone told me all of the rear bearing and seals would need to be replaced at a cost of $1600 or more. .
I monitored the problem...I started noticing the noise at lower speeds. I have a friend who is a part time mechanic..Had him drive it, at 45 miles and hour he put it in nutral on a curve and determined with no load the noise was still there. This led him to the front bearings, of which I had been arguing with Firstone this was the problem to begin with. It ended up being the front right bearing was bad...He replaced both intrer and outer bearing and seals, and the problem was gone. Lucky for me it only cost $145. One thing to note, to look at the bearing you could not tell it was bad.
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
Remove the drums and check your rear brakes. If okay, you may try testing a couple different tires in the rear. Belts separating and flat spots show worse at higher speeds.
It could be bearings if truck is used alot while loaded. Remember 1/4 ton is only 500lbs. High miles, hard driving, or if it was wrecked in rear could all cause these smptoms.
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
Grab the bed of the truck and vigorously rock the vehicle from side to side. If you hear clunking in the axle, you probably need to check the carrier bearings in the differential. I had the carrier bearings, wheel bearings, and seals replaced in my mother-in-law's 1991 Ranger for $280, and it rides like a new truck. Well, ok, it rides like an 18 year old truck with a new rear end. I provided the wheel bearings and seals to the shop, and they provided the carrier bearing, lube, and labor. While the axles are out, check the surface where the axles ride on the bearings. If they are worn, there are undersized bearing available, but it is usually cheaper and easier to just by new axles.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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